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West Sikkim




Explore West Sikkim: Pelling / Rabdentse Palace Ruins / Khecheopalri Lake / Singshore Bridge  / Uttarey Valley


Pemayangtse Monastery

It is one of the oldest monasteries of the State. Originally established by Lhatsun Chempo, one of the revered Lamas to have performed the consecration ceremony of the first Chogyal of Sikkim. This ancient monastery belonging to the Nyingma Sect has been considered as one of the premier monasteries in the State. It has been entrusted with the task to perform all religious functions of the erstwhile monarch. Originally, it was established as a high class monastery for 'Pure Monks' (TaSang). Inside the monastery there is a wooden structure depicting the Maha Guru’s heavenly" place (Sang-tok-palri), which is considered a masterpiece erected by Late Dungzin Rimpoche. The Monastery, located on a hill top at an altitude of 6300ft. commands a magnificent panoramic view of the Himalayan ranges, the surrounding hills and the countryside.

 


Pelling

Pelling is about 133 kms away from Siliguri and 125 kms from Gangtok and well connected with all weather metaled road by bus and jeep services. Placid Pelling pulls most of the visitors for its representative status in history nature and culture of the State. Situated at an altitude of 6800ft includes the Mountains namely Koktang, Kumbhakarna, Rathong, Kabru, Dom, Kangchendzonga, Padim, Jopuno, Simvo, Narsing, Sinoulchu and others. Pelling is an ideal get away for tourists as its vicinity has numerous waterfalls, soft trek routes, villages and soothing atmosphere for all discerning.




View of Khanchedjonga from Pelling
View of Kangchendzonga from Pelling

Ranidhunga - Queenrock (8,400 ft.)

About 6km of walk from Pelling via Sangacholing monastery and 4km walk from Chahngay and Bongten, Ranidhunga is located on the top of upper Chahngay village. It is also regarded as a pilgrimage and most of the local communities visit during Ramnavani in the months of March-April for performing puja. There is a huge rock called Ranidhunga with approximately 40ft. height which is actually flat on the top. There are five holy caves where puja is performed by offering coins and other materials. In the local language ‘Dhunga’ means Rock and was used by the then queen for sunbath and later people called this rock Ranidhunga i.e, Queenrock.

 

Darap Cherry Village

It is a small village nestled on the top of a hill set in tranquil and verdant greenery. It is 7kms from Pelling and is well connected. There are home stays one can avail of and experience and the lifestyle and culture of Limboo, Bhutia, Chettri, Gurung, Tamang and Lepcha who live in perfect harmony.
There are various places of tourist interest like Limboo museum, Smriti Van, Sukpabong Lingbit, Rimbi, Rimbi waterfalls, Sewaro rock garden, Neytham and Sindrong. Immense natural beauty imbibed with mystic aura and ancient legends make Darap the perfect holiday destination for all.

 

Rabdentse Palace Ruins

This was the second capital of the erstwhile Kingdom after Yuksam and till the year 1814 A.D., the king of Sikkim ruled from this place. Today, the ruins lie hidden from the main road at a walking distance from the Pemayangtse Monastery. The scenic view from the top of the ruins scanning across the valley to the mystic heights of Khang-chen-Dzonga range is something to be cherished and etched in memory.

Rabdentse Palace Ruins
Rabdentse Palace Ruins

Sanga-Choling Monastery

This monastery is situated on a ridge above Pelling facing the Pemayangtse Monastery. Built in 1697 A.D., it is considered to be one of the oldest monasteries of the State. To reach the Monastery a comfortable trek of forty minutes can be undertaken.


Khecheopalri Lake

Situated at a distance of 25 kms from Pelling, it is considered to be one of the sacred lakes of the State both by the Buddhist and the Hindus. The Lake remains hidden under the rich forest cover. The birds do not permit even a single leaf to float on the lake surface. There is motorable road from Pemayangtse right up to the lake area.

Khecheopalri Lake
Khecheopalri Lake


Khangchendzonga Water Falls

An hour and a half drive from Pelling, one comes across Khangchendzonga twin Water falls. On a way to Yuksam, it is a place not to be missed by the tourist for its breathtaking beauty and grandeur.

 

Yuksam

Yuksam was the first capital of Sikkim, where according to the historical records, the first Chogyal of the Kingdom of Sikkim was consecrated in 1642 A.D. by three learned lamas. The evidence of the consecration ceremony is still intact at Norbugang Chorten in the form of stone seats and a foot print of the Head Lama on a stone. Since the history of the state began from this place, these areas are now considered sacred by the people of Sikkim. Yuksam is connected by all weather road from Pemayangtse, a distance of about 40kms. The trek to Dzongri and to the base camp of the famous Mt. Khangchen Dzonga begins here.


Dubdi Monastery

This was the first monastery established soon after the consecration ceremony of the first Chogyal. The monastery is located on a hill top above Yuksam surrounded by verdant forest. It can be approached by trekking only, negotiating steep slope for about half an hour. It is an ideal place for lamas seeking meditation recluse.

 

Phamrong Waterfalls

Located between Yuksam and Gerethang this highest waterfall of West Sikkim presents a magnificent scenario especially during Monsoon. A gentle gradient footpath takes one to a viewpoint for a closer view of this mighty discharge of water.


Rangit Water World

Situated close to Legship one can avail of serene white water rafting and boating facilities at the Rangit Dam, against the impressive backdrop of steep hard rocks.

 

Tashiding Monastery

This monastery is constructed on top of a heart shaped hill with the back drop of the sacred Mt. Khang-chen-Dzonga. According to Buddhist scriptures, Guru Padmasambhava blessed the sacred land of Sikkim in the 8th century AD from this spot. The monastery, however, was built in the 18th century AD by Ngadak Sempa Chempo, one of the tree lamas who had performed the consecration ceremony of the first Chogyal.
Tashiding is also famous for the most holy Chorten known as ‘Thong-WaRang-Dol’ which literally means ‘Saviours by mere sight’. It is believed that the mere act of beholding it is supposed to wash away all the sins of the devotees. Another important feature is the sacred water festival unique to this monastery only. Every year, on 14th and 15th day of the first Lumnar month, the Bhumchu Cermony is organized with devotees coming from far and near to get the blessing of the holy water.


Kongri-Labdang

There are other attractions around Tashiding like Sinon Monastery, Tso NimDawa (Pokhri Danra) Hungri Monastery and Pao-Hungri. The Paha Khola falls on the way to Kongri is worth visiting. The wild beehive on the side of the falls makes the visit more interesting. It is also an important point for the trekkers visiting Kastura Orar adjoining Khang-chen-Dzonga (Dzongri) trail. One can also visit Jhang Lhari Nyingpo, one of the most sacred caves of Sikkim from Labdang.


Soreng

Soreng is a picturesque village with beautiful landscape. It is about two hours drive from Pelling as also from Melli. A trek to Jhandi Danra from Soreng is a must to see a variety of flowers and birds. Visit to nearby villages fro getting an insight into the way of life of people is recommended.


Chankung

A picnic spot, cafeteria, easy walking trail through forest, Durpiney Dara Viewpoint (also a paragliding takeoff point) overlooking Darjeeling, Jorethang etc. are worth a visit. Tourists can easily spend a day in these ecofriendly surroundings.


Limboo Cultural Centre, Tharpu

This Centre was inaugurated on August 23rd, 2003. Every year on this day, a function depicting the rich culture and heritage of various communities is organized. This Centre houses a hall, a museum and a library. Facilities provided are being further upgraded.


Jureli Dara Viewpoint

Located between Daramdin and Hilley, this recently developed tourist spot provides a panoramic view of Daramdin Valley and a large number of mountain ranges.


Barsey

It lies at an elevation of 10,000 ft. It has a road access from Hilley. An easy 4kms trek from there takes one up to the Barsey Rhododendron Sanctuary which is in bloom from March to April. One can also trek from Soreng and Dentam. The place provides a magnificent view of the mountains. Visitors can halt at ‘Guras Kunj’ trekkers’ hut.

 

Rinchenpong – Kaluk

Situated at an altitude of 1700 meters, the drive from Gangtok to Richenpong takes about four hours via Zoom. It is also accessible from Siliguri and Darjeeling. It is a picturesque village with beautiful landscape and a panoramic view of Khang-chen-dzonga range. A visit to Resum Monastery is an interesting experience. One can trek to Khandi Dara/Melanpso, a rich forest area known to be the home to various species of wild animals and birds.
Accommodation is available at Kaluk and Rinchenpong. A night spent in an old Guest House or a newly built Resort could be a memorable experience.


Hee Bermiok

Journey to Hee Bermiok takes about four and a half hours from Gangtok. One can also reach there from Pelling. The main attractions are mountain biking, nature walk, visit to villages, Sirijunga Yuma Mangheem, Sirijunga holy cave at Martam, Mahatma Sirijunga Statue and Study Centre, Chhayatal lake (reflecting the image of the Sirijunga statue), Phang Dorji Falls (Ban Jhankri Falls), Himalayan Botanical Garden Hee Goucharam, Hee Khola Water Garden, Red Panda Gate. The adventure lovers can enjoy two and a half hours trek to Barsey. Apart from having an Annual Tourist Festival, impressive village tourism facilities are available.


Sirijunga Phocku and Wadhan (Cave)

2 kms trek from Sirijunga Yuma Mangheem, one comes across a waterfall besides which lies a cave where Tyeongshi is reported to have taken refuge.


Bajratey Devitha and Holy Cave (7,800 ft.)

Jeepable road leads from Dentam to Khandu School and a walk of 1 km leads one to a sacred groove and a holy cave called Bajratey Devithan. It is a 40 ft. deep tunnel 1 with stone steps where people of surrounding area gather here and perform pujas.


Teen Chahngay (Three tier) Falls (7,200 ft.)

These beautiful waterfalls are situated between the Hee Khola and Bhalukhop. Each step has a height of about 300-400 ft. with clear visibility of all three falls from one point. It is fascinating and worth a visit.

 

Jor Pokhari (Twin Lake - 8,200 ft.)

This beautiful tourist spot is situated 11km. away from Nunthaley between Barsey and Nunthaley. Water remains in both lakes have diameter of around 1km. This is the best place for bird watching.

 

Dentam

About half an hour drive from Hee village towards Uttarey is the attractive village of Dentam with a bird-eye view from Gurasey Dara (Rhododendron forest). The word Dent-am comes from the word ‘TEN-NEM’, which means a flat terraced land in the Limboo language. This valley is located in a very unique topography. This beautiful valley is well known for Alpine Gouda Cheese Factory, a product of Indo-Swiss collaboration.

 

Singshore Bridge (6,500 ft.)

With a span of 198m and 220m in depth, located in the mid-way to Uttarey from Dentam, Singshore bridge is the second highest suspension bridge in Asia, and the first of its kind in Sikkim. Connecting Dentam to Uttarey in the distance, it connects the two beautiful villages where homestay facilities are available. Singshore Bridge has been specified and declared as a special spot for the BUNGEE JUMPING, introducing and promoting a unique and a new discipline in the field of adventure tourism as the FIRST in the State.

 

  
Singshore Bridge, Uttarey
Singshore bridge, Sikkim

 

Uttarey Valley(7,600 ft.)

Five hours drive from Gangtok, Bagdogra/ N.J.P./Siliguri. three hours from Darjeeling and Kalimpong and one and a half hours from Pelling, Uttarey in West Sikkim is a base camp of adventure tourism for the Singalila Range Tenzing-Hillary Ecotourism Trekking Trail towards Khangchendzonga. Located on the lap of the Singhalila Range, Phoktey Dara and Neydham, Uttarey is a small but beautiful and a virgin paradise on earth set amidst the pristine valley. It is surrounded by hilltops, waterfalls, frothing rivers, evergreen forest, medicinal herbs and mountain hamlets.
Apart from hotels and resorts it has three beautiful home stay villages for nature lovers, trekkers, adventure and cultural heritage seekers.
l . Bandukey Limboo Tribal Heritage Village,
2. Sherpa Gaon Tribal Heritage Village; and
3. Ferek Lepcha Tribal Heritage Village,

Please contact:
Uttarey Eco-Tourism Development and Service Co-operative Society Ltd.
Website: www.sikkimtourismuttarey.com / www.sikkimuttarey.com
Phone: +91-9734085513/+91-9733170526/+91-9733180969/03595-255202
email: sikkimtourismuttarey@ yahoo.com / sikkimuttarey@ gmail.com


Maainibass Fall, Uttarey (7,900 ft.)

Isolated inside the lush green Rhododendron and oak forest, cascading from the height of nearly 250m, Mainibaas is a Sacred Hidden Heavenly Falls. The freshness of the air in the area is unsurpassed. On the right side of these falls and at the equal height there is a huge overhanging cliff where there are plenty of wild bee hive. “Main” in local language means wax and “baas”Ameans the place to stay. In the olden days the local people of the area used to adorn themselves by applying bee wax on their beard and hair. This is also an ideal habitat for number of birds both local and migratory and their chirping in the morning adds value to this Maainibaas Falls. Diversity of flora is also amazing with plenty of wild animals like Himalayan Black Bear, Red Panda, the State animal, Serow, Ghoral, Barking Deer, Yellow Throated Martin, Himalayan Palm Civet, Large Indian Civet, Leopard and Hairy Brown Squirrel.


Phoktey Dara-Singalila Peak (12,980 ft.)

Located at the ridge of the famous Singhalila Range, Phoktey Dara is famous and unique hilltop view point to witness the panoramic view of Mt. Everest. Mt. Dhaulagiri, Mt. Makalu, Mt. Lotse, Mt. Nuptse in the west and Mt. Khang-chen-dzonga, Mt. Pandim, Mt. Kabru. Mt. Narsing, Mt. Rathong. Mt. Siniolchu, Mt. Koktang. Fascinating view of the entire Chola range falls in the eastern part. There stands a beautiful and a holy peak Singhalila and down on its lap the aerial view of Barsey Rhododendron Sanctuary. Phoktey Dara has a very extraordinary view point mainly for the majestic sunrise and sunset. For the sunrise view one has to reach there in the early hours of the morning. Phoktey Dare is popular as it is located near Chew-Bhanjyang Pass and as view point for renowned and popular Singalila Range Tenzing-Hillary Eco-Tourism Trekking Trial towards Khang-chen-dzonga with its exit point at Yuksom.


Chewabhanjyang Pass (10,300 ft.)

Like Donkyela Pass, Nathula Pass, Chorten Nimala Pass and Jelepla Pass in the Indo-China border, Chewabhanjyang Pass is also one of the important and popular passes in the Indo-Nepal border. The name Chewabahnjyang is taken from the old name Cheewa-Fangzong which means a ‘ peeping valley’ in the local Limboo language.


Singalila Range Tenzing- Hillary Eco-Tourism Trekking Trail Toward Kahng-Chen-Dzonga (6,700 ft. to 17,000 ft.)

Uttarey Singalila-Dzongri Trek- Route is one of the most picturesque trek in the Himalayas ranking in the top six Trekking trail in the world. This trekking trail is also famous for the lakes, hence, known as the Lakes Trek.
This trek route mns along the ridge on Singalila range that forms a border between Nepal and Sikkim and lies in the heart of Khangchendzonga National Park and one can be amidst the Bio-Diversity of this rich natural heritage.

The trek is very refreshing and meanders through the beautiful forest of Rhododendron. All through the trek one can have a stunning view of some of the world’s greatest mountains and may also sight some rare wild animals as one passes through some tranquil high altitude.
This is the popular and longest trek in Sikkim starting from Uttarey and ending at Yuksom with camp sites at different elevations like Chewabhanjyang, Gain, Doorm (Weyhong), Sikkimey Megu, Omathang, Gomathang, Boktak, Yangsep, Kokling, Tegyapla, Khangarden, Ghattey Khola via H.M.I Base Camp and Dzongri within 11-19 days depending upon the trekkers convenience and their itinerary. About more than 32 number of explored holy lakes are found along this trek such as Hans Pokhari, Lam Pokhari. Jamley Pokhari, Mujur Pokhari, N il Pokhari, Rakta Pokhari, Laxmi Pokhari, Doodh Pokhari at Tegyapla and H.M.I. Base Camp while many are yet to be discovered. Wild animals of endangered species like musk deer. snow leopard, blue sheep, mountain fox are found.


Chhangay Waterfalls (5000 ft.)

Artistically cascading from the height of nearly 300m, this waterfall is one of the most beautiful waterfalls in West Sikkim, on the way to Uttarey from Pelling. Easily approachable, Chhangay Fall has become one of the important tourist destinations for visitors. The fall flows down from Ranidhunga through Chhangay village. The extreme white of the fall actually looks like a long white mark on the green background of forest. If seen from a distance, a breathtaking sight for the visitors.

 

Sita Dham (6700 ft.)

Sitadham is a holy place which is located at upper Bongten. It is believed that in the ancient times goddess Sita had stayed here. It is also believed that the Guru Padmasambhava had travelled in Sikkim along with a powerful women called Dorjee Phamo (goddess) and meditated at this place. Local people perform puja at this holy place and their wishes are fulfilled. Various types of illness are cured and problems solved. It is surrounded by dense forest in all the sides with a huge cave at the top of the village. A perennial stream flows from the top of the cave, which is very clean and fresh. During the full moon and the new moon the devotees perform puia. There are three big stones on the top of the cave which is about 20-25m. It is approachable by 3km of steep trek from the Dentam Sardong road.

 

Tinsuray Three Hills (8200 ft.)

The name Tinsuray means ‘combination of three hills standing very close to each other’ on the ridge above Liching village. The area itself is full of floral and faunal diversity. It is nearly 10 km. steep trek from the Dentam- Bongten road. On the way to Tinsuray is a cave which was in the ancient days used by the monks for meditation to gain religious strength. Almost all the view of entire West Sikkim and Khang-chen-dzonga mountain range can be seen from this Tinsuray viewpoint.


Gitang Saat Changey (7100 ft.)

Saat Changey fall is located on the Gitang Khola in between Bulung and Gitang village and has its own significance. It has breathtaking view during the summer season. It is 10 kms from Dentam by road upto Gitang village and nearly 1km walk from this village.


Neydham Holy Cave (12500 ft.)

A place of pilgrimage popularly known as Neydham is located on the ridge of the boundary line Maneybong, Dentam and Yangthang . The word Neydham is a Lepcha word which means “Top Head”, or “Head of Hill". Dham is a Nepali word which means ‘dwelling place of god and goddess’. People believed that if one worshipped there with true faith. one’s wishes are fulfilled. About more than 32 number of explored holy lakes are found along this trek such as Hans Pokhari, Lam Pokhari, Jamley Pokhari, Mujur Pokhari, Nil Pokhari, Rakta Pokhari, Laxmi Pokhari, This place can be compared with the famous holy place of Nepal, Manokamna. Its physical feature resembles Kailash Parbat. There is a beautiful cave in the middle of the main big cave with at least 20 ft. depth from the entrance.

 

Jhakri Dhunga- Local Healer Rock (7800 ft.)

At the corner most part of Kalej valley and also regarded as most remote place devoid of any modern facilities, Jhakri Dhunga is a huge rock having its own historical significance and scenic beauty. In olden days this place was said to be inhabited by Ban Jhakri, the local jungle deity and it was also said that during full moon one could hear the rituals performed by Ban Jhakri.

Other Destinations
Cultural Village at Tharpu
Water Garden at Hee Pul
Yatri Niwas at Soreng
Tourist Lodge at Uttarey
Heli Tourism in Uttarey and Hilley


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